BO XILAI: THE TRIAL (Al-Jazeera)

The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “China’s Bo Xilai denies bribery charges” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/20138221217785373.html).

HIGH-PROFILE Chinese politician Bo Xilai has denied taking $3.5m in bribes from businessmen, the first of the allegations made against him by the government as he went on trial for BRIBERY, EMBEZZLEMENT and ABUSE OF POWER“. There are TWO things to note here. First, Bo IS INDEED a “high profile” figure. Secondly/On top of this, “bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power” are SERIOUS charges, with each charge justifying a lengthy prison sentence.

“Once proceedings got under way on Thursday (August 22, 2013), Bo said he was PRESSURED into making a confession“. “pressured into making a confession” is the latest/yet another example of the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI), which, again, is common in UNDEMOCRATIC countries/societies.  “He said he had “once admitted AGAINST [his] WILL” while being investigated by authorities, and called testimony made by his wife that implicates him “laughable“. FORCING someone to do something “against (their) will” is another fundamental characteristic of UNDEMOCRATIC societies and the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).

So what does Bo have to say for himself? “I’M NOT A PERFECT MAN and NOT A STRONG-WILLED PERSON (?)” Bo “is not a perfect man” OBVIOUSLY. However, HOW IS IT POSSIBLE for Bo to be Chongqing’s Communist Party chief if he ISN’T “strong-willed?” THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE. “But as to the basic FACTS (?) of whether I am guilty or innocent, I must say my piece“. “facts?” This is Bo Xilai’s BELIEF (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).I’m willing to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT (?)” When was the last time POLITICIANS and CRIMINALS were “willing to take responsibility for” anything? NEVER.

“Prosecutors ended months of suspense about the details of his charges, rolling out accusations that featured a villa in France, a hot-air balloon project and a football club”.

“His trial will last for two days and the verdict is likely to be in early September (2013). Court spokesman Liu Yanjie said Bo was “EMOTIONALLY STABLE and PHYSICALLY HEALTHY” during the trial”. This is THE COURT‘s INTERPETATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).

“Victor Gao, the director of the China National Association of International Studies, told Al Jazeera‘s “Inside Story”, “Bo Xilai is a HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL figure and while the government tries its best to pin him down on corruption [charges], taking bribery and abuse of power, there are actually lots of people who still THINK HIGHLY of some of the public political initiatives that he launched in Chongqing cityobviously. EVERYONE HAS FRIENDS AND FOES.

Finally, “In a statement to Al Jazeera, Bo’s son, Bo Guagua, termed his parents’ detentions clandestine” (done in secrecy), and said that hoped that his father “is granted the opportunity to answer his critics and DEFEND himself without constraints of any kind“. The problem is: OTHER PEOPLE ARE OFTEN NOT “given the opportunity to…defend” themselves. Also, the Bo family is now clearly DEFENSIVE, with GU KAILAI now being charged with the murder of British businessman NEIL HEYWOOD on top of Bo Xilai’s corruption charges (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).

We can make TWO conclusions hereFirst, let’s return once again to the title: ““China’s Bo Xilai denies bribery charges”, AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). When was the last time any POLITICIANS from UNDEMOCRATIC countries willingly/openly admitted to any wrongdoing? NEVERAlso, Al Jazeera‘s HARRY FAWCETT reported from the city where Bo’s trial will take place: JINAN, CHINA. SoAl-Jazeera has a license to broadcast from China again? They were kicked out after Al Jazeera‘s MELISSA CHAN reported on China’s notorious BLACK JAILS places in which people can sometimes be held INDEFINITELY WITHOUT CHARGE (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).

 
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